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About the Artist


Birmingham based documentary photographer and photo artist.


My work explores themes relating to place, the typographic landscape, and social histories. I am especially interested in working with artefacts and found objects to explore altneraive histories. 


I use my photographic practice as a tool to seek new meanings, alternative ways of seeing and to help us think about the world around us.   

I grew up in a working class mining community in Cornwall and have lived in Birmingham, UK since the late 1980s. I work full-time as an independent artist based in Birmingham but work across the UK as well as internationally.


The main body of my work internationally is in Jamaica where I have developed a photographic body of work that explores Jamaican visual culture, issues relating to colonialism and the environment.

My photography practice includes the use of alternative photographic processes and experimentation. With a real love of the cyanotype process, and the opportunities this provides for a more mindful practice. 


I am interested in making work as visual activism to protest and campaign on issues relating to: the environment, urban spaces and tackling societal inequalities (e.g. women's rights).

​Education/ Career -  Bachelor of the Arts (BA)in English/History and a Masters (MA) in Public Health with over twenty-five years’ experience of working with communities in Birmingham on a range of projects that included work on health inequalities, neighbourhood regeneration, substance misuse, homelessness and sexual violence. 

Recipient of numerous artist grant awards and exhibiting work in the UK since 2019 see list of works for details. 

Get in Touch


Available for commissions, exhibitions, publications and projects. If you're interested in working with me drop me a note here.


Hand-Painted Jamaica, photo zine

Lots of Signs: Jamaican Dancehall Signs, photo Zine 

Birmingham Ghost Signs, zine

Available online from the aritst

Published Photo Essays/works

A whole Lotta of Signs (2022) Islandia Volume II, a Subtropical Periodical 


Tumblr Photo blog

Jamaica Jamaica available here 

© Tracey Thorne 2022
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